UTS Library

Statistics: Multi-subject

In this guide:


  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian data on the economy, environment & energy, people, industry, and regional statistics.
  • ABS CData Census data
  • Data Australia Basic demographic and socio-economic data on Australia including business, communication, community, culture, education, emergencies, employment, environment, finance, geography, government, health, history, indigenous, industry, information communications-technology, law, measurement, news, planning, politics, procurement, property, recreation, safety, sciences, society, technology, tourism and transport.
  • Statistics Queensland Contains a wide range of demographic, economic and social data relating to the state of Queensland, as well as information about using statistics and the services they provide.


ABS TableBuilder

TableBuilder is an online tool which allows you to create your own tables of Census data by accessing all variables contained in the Census Output Record File including age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation, family composition and more for all ABS geographic areas. It enables you to select the variables to include in your table, and how you want to structure the data. You are required to register to use this product on the ABS website:  Registration Centre

Online help and tutorials of using TableBuilder.

TableBuilder Basic is a free product designed for clients who have some experience using Census data.  It allows you to:

  • Construct and customise tables of Census data.
  • Create and save customised geographic areas and data items (records) that can be exported and imported to share with other users.
  • View and export data as graphs and thematic maps in a variety of formats.
  • Select an area within a map and generate data for your area.

TableBuilder Pro is a charged product designed for advanced Census data
users.  It enables you to:

  • Access to nearly all variables available in the census data.
  • Create large and/or complex table.

UTS has an institutional licence.  If you require access, please register on the ABS website.   

Step 1: Register.
Step 2: Activate your account.
Step 3: Choose the licence type “I want to register as part of an organisation”.
Step 4: Select University of Technology Sydney from the Select Organisation list.

Information from:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013, TableBuilder – details, Canberra, viewed 2 May 2013,
<http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/tablebuilderdetails opendocument&navpos=240>


Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) Microdata 

What is CURF Microdata?

Microdata consists of Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs).  They are files of responses to ABS surveys or censuses that have had specific identifying information about persons and organisations confidentialised. CURFs contain the most detailed statistical information available from the ABS, and are of most use to researchers and analysts who wish to run their own statistical queries on the data.

Information on published research is available from the ABS Microdata website.

What type of data is available?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics maintains a List of available and expected microdata

How do I access CURF Microdata?

CURF data is freely available to University of Technology, Sydney researchers under the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement.

Users can now go directly to ABS website to register, join to the University of Technology Sydney (organisation), they can then apply for ABS microdata products, see link below:


To access ABS microdata products:

  • TableBuilder - log in to access your subscribed TableBuilder datasets using your Registration Centre user ID and password.
  • Basic CURFs - email your contact officers(lib-curfuts@uts.edu.au). Or to see who the contact officers are for your organisation, log into Registration Centre. Login to Microdata Download. This is a new, convenient way for registered subscribers to access and download all basic CURFs (Confidentialised Unit Record Files). Users can download the latest versions of basic CURFs in a choice of formats including SAS, SPSS, Stata and CSV. Users no longer need to access each basic CURF on encrypted CD-ROMs sent to Contact Officers.
  • Expanded CURFs - email microdata.access@abs.gov.au so that an account can be set up for you in the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).
  • Detailed Microdata - email microdata.access@abs.gov.au to arrange training and set up a DataLab account.


  • CEIC Data provides time series data by sector and country to enable macroeconomic analysis, trend monitoring and economic forecasting. It allows users to create charts, or download data to Microsoft Excel for in-depth analysis.
  • GeoHive: Global Statistics Population statistics, Country data, Economic data
  • United Nations Statistics Division Demographic and Social Statistics – population; birth & death; migration; marriage & divorce; families & households; housing; time use; violence against women; health & disability; learning & education; economic activity; social security & welfare; income & poverty; and public order & safety.
  • UNICEF Country Statistics Health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics Cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.
  • Eurostat The statistical office of the European Union. It provides the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
  • World DataBank (Data) Agriculture & rural development; aid effectiveness; climate change, economic policy & external debt; education; energy & mining; environment; financial sector; gender; health; infrastructure; labour & social protection; poverty; private sector; public sector; science & technology; social development; and urban development.
  • UK National Statistics Online Agriculture & environment; business & energy; children, education & skills; crime & justice; economy; government; health & social care; labour market; people & places; population; travel & transport.
  • US: Data.gov (Data) General government; business & economics; defence and international relations; environment, energy, & agriculture; family, home, & community; geospatial data; health & nutrition; jobs & education; public safety & law; science & technology; travel, transportation, & recreation.
  • OECD iLibrary Country Reports & Tables. Coverage includes economics, development & social issues, transport and science & technology.
  • International Statistical Agencies A to Z listing of statistical agencies world-wide.
  • OFFSTATS - Official Statistics on the Web Database from the University of Auckland lists official statistics sites around the world arranged by country, region or subject.
  • Statista Media & advertising; Internet; technology & telecommunication; consumer goods & Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG); administration & social services; agriculture; chemicals & resources; construction metal; e-commerce & mail order trade; energy & utilities; finance, insurance & real estate; health & pharmaceuticals; international; life – personality & behaviour/relationships; retail & trade; services; society; sports & recreation; transport & logistics; and travel, tourism & hospitality.     

See also:

Research> Data Archive